Literary Festival 2017

This year brings the 21st edition of the Mere Literary Festival.

Once again, an interesting and varied line-up of speakers and events has been put together by our event organiser Adrienne Howell and her team.

Topics covered in this year's talks include a display pilot tragically killed in a crash at a local aerial display, one of England's most dramatic maritime disasters, a tale of one woman's experiences working as a missionary in Balngladesh, women who have influenced garden design, and the women in Thomas Hardy's works and private life.

Additionally, we have talks from author Rachel Crowther (about her latest novel), and you can spend an evening with Brian Freeland as he talks about his long career touring the world with theatre companies. There is also the usual writing workshop - this year a poetry workshop with Rosie Jackson, and the children's event - once again featuring children's author Michael E Wills; this year with an Egyptian theme!

For the full programme of events please use the menu navigation bar, or click on the image of book covers on this page.

Finally, as is now customary we are holding a writing competition as part of the festival, this year taking the form of a poetry competition - sadly now closed for entries. The results of the competition will be announced at the final event of the festival - the Award Ceremony on Sunday 15th October. Best of luck if you have enetred a poem (or poems).

Literary Festival 2017